Every year, Apple introduces a major refresh of its iOS and iPadOS mobile operating systems for iPhone and iPad, as well as Apple Watch updates for watchOS. As always, iOS 15 is a free upgrade – if Apple still supports your device.
Which iPhones support iOS 1
The good news is that if your iPhone supports iOS 14, you can upgrade to iOS 15 in the fall. The full list of devices that support the iOS 15 upgrade is:
- iPhone 6S (including Plus) models or later
- iPhone SE (first and second generation)
- iPod Touch (seventh generation)
The iPhone 6S was released in late 2015, so iOS 15 is the sixth major update the device has received. Any iPhone manufactured after this date will receive the update for free in addition to the SE and iPod Touch models.
If you’re not sure which iPhone you have, look under Settings > General > About. Your iPhone will be listed under “Model Name” with the version of iOS you are currently using, listed above.
Which iPads support iPadOS 15?
Like the iOS 15 update for iPhones, all iPads that support iPadOS 14 can upgrade to iPadOS 15. This includes:
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation through 5th generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation through 3rd generation)
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch
- iPad (fifth generation through eighth generation)
- iPad Mini (fourth and fifth generation)
- iPad Air (2nd generation through 4th generation)
You will find all relevant information about your tablet or the software you are currently using under Settings > General > About.
Which Apple Watches support watchOS 8?
In addition to its smartphone and tablet updates, Apple is also rolling out the next major version of its portable operating system. watchOS 8 will be available on the Apple Watch Series 3 and later, including the Apple Watch SE.
These are the same models that are already capable of running watchOS 7. You can see which Apple Watch you have and which software version you have by launching the Watch app on your iPhone and going to General > About.
iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Public Betas: Coming Soon
Beta versions of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 were released to developers right after WWDC 2021, with a public beta slated for sometime in July 2021. If you’d like to get involved early, head over to beta.apple.com to enroll your device.
Check out the full list of new features for iOS and iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8.
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